Grapes, Vines, and Arches

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For all of you who admired my untamed grape arbor on the previous post…

I set off for the Napa Valley today for inspiration, warmth,

and wide open swathes of vineyard threaded hillsides…

Napa Valley

It has been a bit cooler than usual in Northern California …

so I relished the sunny disposition of Yountville and St. Helena as I traveled

further north into the Napa ValleyNapa Valley

Just have a thing for these verdant rows…

The precise hand of man coaxing and taming

mile after mile of wine grapes…

Napa Valley

Stretched in long open rows to catch the sun’s full trajectory…

Canting this way and that across the rolling hills beyond…

St. Helena

I went looking for inspiration in St. Helena…

knowing I would find classical architectural features…

Arched windows and doors, and a surfeit of vines

dripping over simple, often rustic shaped structures…

Tra Vigne

The incredible stone pediment at the entrance to Tra Vigne

I have eaten outside here several times…

Must come back later this summer to sit with my family under

the bower of almost touching mulberry trees in the courtyard.

St. Helena

A corner glimpse of the vines clambering over

the walls…

Love the arched blue window…



Tra Vigne

A front view of the historic Cantinetta building

Stones, vines and arches..what could be better?

(Well…I suppose black and white striped awnings!)

St. Helena

Simply gorgeous…

Tra Vigne

Nothing like a quick trip out to the country…

Hoping to borrow a few details for a future project…

If you’d like to try your hand at some of their recipes…

Tra Vigne cookbook: Seasons in the California Wine Country

To view a portion of the cookbook click here


Stepping Stones

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Is it possible to be busy and lazy at the same time?

Still spending most of my time outdoors….

culling through stone in huge wired bins to find

the last few I need for edging and stepping stones…

Architectural salvage

Also on the lookout for unique pieces of architectural salvage

like this piece I found about fifteen years ago at a cast-stone company’s

yard sale. Placed at the base of an espaliered apple tree, water over-spills to

deeply water the tree, leaving a few inches behind for the birds to flit about in…

Shallow enough to step through the garden on…with or without shoes…

Tyson Bennison Regency house in Battersea

A Tyson Bennison chandelier hanging from a Wisteria draped pergola

poised artfully over the stone table in his Regency house courtyard

in Battersea (South London).

British House and Garden July '10

cropped view…

Photograph Alun Callender

British House and Garden July 2010

stone table

My own (cast) stone table…and cement ball… had a very good day at that stone yard sale all those years ago! Still regret the French fireplace mantle that was swiped out from under my nose.The table is not an easy piece to move…and often the subject of my husband’s ridicule. More at Lavender Harvest here and Fall Dining Outdoors here

Hillside pool

Trying to figure out how to

make this happen in our yard…

Need to get that DIY home pool book…

is it out yet?

Sombreuille

Roses are the perfect frill for stone walls…

and hard lines…

Mme Ernest Calvat BourbonTremulous atop an arch in the early morning sunshine…

Antique Bourbon rose Madame Ernest Calvat and a white Clematis…

earlier in Rosy Gardens here

Grape arbor

The garden seen through the unschooled grape vines…

no stern mistress to keep them in check…

Feel like a grade school kid set loose for the summer…

How about you?